first_imgNegotiations between striking Hollywood writers and studios collapsed Friday, the culmination of a day in which the sides traded barbs and accusations. The Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers announced that the round of talks that started Tuesday had broken down, stalling efforts to end the five-week strike that has sidelined many prime-time and late-night TV shows. The alliance said it was “puzzled and disheartened” by the Writers Guild of America’s ongoing negotiating strategy “that seems designed to delay or derail talks rather than facilitate an end to this strike.” In response, the guild said the chief alliance negotiator slammed the door on bargaining after presenting an ultimatum and before the union could respond to his latest proposal regarding crucial new-media compensation issues. That contrasts with the $20,000-plus residual that writers now earn for a single network rerun of a TV episode. Friday night, the guild said producers were holding to their $250 offer and demanding that writers give up on proposals including unionization of animation and reality and, “most crucially, any proposal that uses distributor’s gross as a basis for residuals.” As word of the breakdown spread, some writers expressed frustration. “It’s disheartening that a month into this, I’m not getting the overwhelming sense that we’re getting any closer to a settlement,” said Robert Port, a writer for the CBS series “Numb3rs.” “I hope we can continue to negotiate and wrap this thing up.” Strikers held a protest rally Friday in Burbank outside FremantleMedia North America. FremantleMedia was declining comment, a security guard at the company told reporters. Entertaining the striking WGA members outside the studio Friday were actress Alfre Woodard and the satirical rock band Tenacious D, composed of musician/actors Kyle Gass and Jack Black.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat Kings“As we prepared our counteroffer, at 6:05 p.m., Nick Counter came and said to us, in the mediator’s presence, `We are leaving. When you write us a letter saying you will take all these items off the table, we will reschedule negotiations with you,”‘ according to a union statement. A detailed alliance announcement on the talks’ collapse was released a short time later. The guild said it remained “ready and willing to negotiate, no matter how intransigent our bargaining partners are, because the stakes are simply too high.” The alliance reiterated its position that its latest offer aimed at settling a central contract issue – compensation for the Internet and other digital media – makes it “possible to find common ground.” Last week, the studios had proposed a flat $250 payment for a year’s use of an hourlong TV show on the Web. last_img
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first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita Despite the misgivings of many at City Hall over past performance, Sylmar-based Tutor-Saliba Corp. will get the $241 million contract to rebuild the south runway at Los Angeles International Airport. Councilman Tony Cardenas tried last week to get the council to assert jurisdiction over the Airport Commission’s decision to award the contract to the company, citing the delays, poor workmanship and cost overruns for three past projects, including the Van Nuys FlyAway reconstruction last year. But in the end, the council looked the other way and let Tutor-Saliba have the contract. To be fair, there are few choices but Tutor-Saliba for massive public-works contracts, making it a local version of the controversial Halliburton. This contract had only one other bidder, Kiewet-Pacific Corp., which submitted a bid $50 million higher than Tutor-Saliba’s. But even with a lower bid, it’s a good bet the final cost for the runway will be higher, perhaps even higher than that second bid. That’s the way Tutor-Saliba has operated in the past: Low-ball the estimate to win the contract, then jack up the price through change orders midway through construction. It happened with the Van Nuys FlyAway and with the Red Line subway project, which ended in litigation. Chances are it will happen with the new runway. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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first_imgTwo of the country’s best known exponents of social change in Ireland and around the world are to speak at Letterkenny Institute of Technology.Mark McMahon Children in Crossfire will be speaking at a special event on Community and Social Enterprise “ Making Social Change” on 8 November 6.30pm as part of the LYIT’s Adult Learners Open Evening.Children in Crossfire is an organisation which was set up by Richard Moore who was blinded by a plastic bullet and tackles issues which affect young children as a result of poverty across the world. Tracey Hannon, Clann Credo, which is a social investment fund which supports people in building stronger communities, will also be a guest speaker. The LYIT is offering a BA Degree in Social and Community Enterprise part time this year, the evening aims to highlight the stories of social enterprises and to show how the degree has helped past graduates.Speakers will share their experiences on how they’ve applied what they’ve learned to their own organisations.Dr. Lynn Ramsey, Head of Department of Law & Humanities LYIT explained “There are many misconceptions regarding social and community enterprise, social entrepreneurs are motivated by a cause or fixing an existing social problem and as a result many people benefit from the solution.“They aren’t motivated by profit or self advancement alone. That doesn’t mean that the best practice principles shouldn’t apply, often these organisations have to be more agile to succeed. That’s what this evening and the degree is about. We’re pleased to have some excellent case studies to show what can be done.” Marie Slevin, who studied the degree last year and is is Coordinator for the Unemployed Donegal, said the course will be hugely beneficial for those who join.“I think anyone who works with people, young or old and with community enterprises would get a lot out of it. The subjects are very relevant and topical, especially for Donegal people. It gives you great insight into the particular issues which this region faces. It really opens your mind.”Marie didn’t finish her Leaving Certificate and was a bit apprehensive about returning to education.“From the first lecture I was hooked, the subjects and the style of teaching really suited me. The tutors were really excellent. Everyone was so helpful and supportive and there were great discussions in the classroom about the issues. ”Dr Ramsey added “The BA Degree in Social and Community Enterprise offers a route for those who are currently in or considering working in community or social enterprise and wish to learn new skills such as leadership, management, legal aspects and marketing with an emphasis on community enterprise,” “It’s specifically designed to offer a framework for students to think in broader terms about their role in society but also to equip them with best practice organisational and communication skills.”The duration of the programme is four years part-time with six taught modules per year and a thesis in the final year. The programme will be delivered over 9 hours per week for 24 weeks per academic year.The Social and Community Enterprise degree will be of interest to people who are already contributing to their communities in the business, non-profit and the public sector or are interested in this area. Letterkenny IT will be holding a general Open Evening 8 November, 2011 6-8pm for anyone thinking about returning to education. “Making Social Change” Evening is a special event starting at 6.30pm, 8 November Room 1401. All welcome. Contact Dr. Lynn Ramsey or, for more details.Caption:L-R; Julie Hay, Richard Moore Founder Children in Crossfire, Mark McMahon fund raiser Children in Crossfire who will speaking at the “Making Social Change” Event Tuesday at 6.30pm at LYIT SOCIAL CHANGE EVENT TO BE PART OF ADULT LEARNERS OPEN EVENING AT LYIT was last modified: November 5th, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Adult Learners Open EveningChildren In The CrossfireLYITlast_img read more

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first_imgDONEGAL entrepreneur Elizabeth O’Donnell is to appear on this Friday’s Late Late Show, RTE has announced.Her appearance is to coincide with the Grand Final of ERP Junk Kouture 2012 which takes place at 4pm on Friday 20th at CityWest hotel in Dublin.The Buncrana woman will be interviewed by Ryan Tubridy and will announce the Overall Winners of this year’s Junk Kouture competition. The Top four entries will get their chance to show case their winning designs to the nation and explain their inspirations and the work involved in turning rubbish in Couture.ERP Junk Kouture is a competition for Second Level students throughout the whole island of Ireland, whereby they are challenged to create Couture fashion from old everyday junk.  The idea is to subtly educate kids about recycling and at the same time inspire them to create something fashionable and wearable.Junk Kouture was setup in June 2010 and is now at the end of its second season with over 2500 students being involved in the last 2 years and 5000 more having come to see the Junk Kouture shows.As Elizabeth explains… “It is incredible how much the competition has grown in less than 2 years…The highlight of which for me was our invitation to the Royal Film Premiere in London where some of our models got to showcase their homemade glamorous dresses made entirely out of old junk that normally people would throw away. It was an incredible night all round and greatly increased the profile of what we are doing.” She went on: “The 2013 competition promises to be even bigger as we have plans to get involved in the City of Culture in Derry and bring the Grand Final of Junk Kouture 2013 to the North West.“This would mean so much to me, considering I have lived most of my life in Buncrana and now in Derry, I am really excited about what the City of Culture have planned for 2013, and I would be so proud for Junk Kouture to be included on their programme of events. Coupled with this, we have been handed a huge boost recently with Moya Doherty of Riverdance coming on board as a Company Mentor.“To work alone side someone like her is amazing for us, she has been there and done it in terms of taking a show from nowhere to being a worldwide success. Moya shares our plans for Junk Kouture and with her guidance we believe we can help Junk Kouture fulfil all of its potential.” DONEGAL ENTREPRENEUR ELIZABETH TO APPEAR ON LATE LATE SHOW was last modified: April 16th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DONEGAL ENTREPRENEUR ELIZABETH TO APPEAR ON LATE LATE SHOWlast_img read more

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first_imgThe Letterkenny Chamber and Shop LK got the chance to promote Letterkenny on RTE television this week and show how they are fighting back.Shopping in Letterkenny is getting better and better and even RTE has noticed.The success of the Shop LK Christmas event has caught the attention of the ‘RTE Today Show.’ On Thursday evening, Letterkenny was showcased to a country wide audience. Emma Boylan, Digital Marketer for Letterkenny Chamber went live on RTE to highlight the benefits of shopping in Letterkenny this Christmas to back up the wonderful video of the Christmas lights switch on event that was also shown.Co-presenter Dáithí Ó Sé commented on Emma’s ShopLK t-shirt – “Is that shop Limerick?”But Emma was quick to tell him that it was Letterkenny being represented and went on to highlight the many reasons why shopping in Letterkenny is a must this Christmas.“Letterkenny has a wide variety of shops from major brands to local independent retailers……with the majority of retailers giving 25% on the sterling…it is the commercial centre of Donegal” stated Emma. Letterkenny Chamber intends to send Dáithí a Shop LK t-shirt of his own, along with a turkey curry recipe, a little joke between Emma and Dáithí. The full interview can be seen on RTE player. The main focus was on shop local and Shop LK and what Letterkenny was doing compared to other towns. Shop LK started in 2004, long before ‘shop local’ was trendy.The voucher system was put into place in 2006 and to date €1.2million worth of vouchers have been sold. This is great for Letterkenny as all this money goes straight back into the local community.Toni Forrester Letterkenny Chamber CEO remarked “Shop local is so important for our business community to survive and thrive, to reach €1.2 million has been an amazing achievement. Taking into account the multiplier effect we believe this figure could be doubled at the very least.”Through Shop LK Letterkenny is fighting back and taking control of its own future. In general retailers in the town are reporting better Christmas sales and with the sterling rates available we hope the trend will last.With such successful shop local seasonal campaigns, a huge range of businesses, great rates for sterling and attitudes turning back to shopping local in Letterkenny; things can only get better. Shop LK vouchers can be purchased in Letterkenny Chamber or online at They make the perfect gift as they can be spent in over 100 businesses in Letterkenny. From an eye brow wax to an oil fill a Shop LK Voucher is a shopping spree in your pocket.RTE GET A LESSON IN SHOPPING – LK STYLE! was last modified: December 17th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:RTEShop LKlast_img read more

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first_img Wes Morgan: The 32-year-old centre-back has penned a deal at the King Power Wes Morgan has signed a new contract with Premier League champions Leicester City. The Foxes captain, who lifted the trophy against all odds with Claudio Ranieri’s side in May, has penned a deal which will keep him at the King Power until 2019. He was ever-present at the heart of a Leicester defence which conceded just 36 goals last season and was named in the Professional Footballers’ Association’s Team of the Year, lifting the Premier League trophy just two years after leading the club to the Championship title.Morgan has played in all four divisions and has more than 600 career appearances to his name.The 32-year-old told the club’s website: “To commit my future to Leicester City is a wonderful feeling.“Everyone knows how I feel about playing for this Club and with my teammates, so I’m proud to have the chance to carry on wearing the shirt long term. “Lifting that Premier League trophy was a moment I will never forget and it’s still sinking in. Now we’ve got to give it everything to defend it as well as showing what we can do in the Champions League. “We all know that what we’ve got in that dressing room is something special, so I can’t wait to get the new season started with the boys so we can once again give it our best for each other and for our fantastic supporters.”Morgan played every minute of the club’s remarkable charge to glory, has committed his future to the club as he prepares for a title defence and Champions League football.Manager Ranieri said: “Wes is a leader and a warrior. I’m so happy that he’s committed his future to Leicester City Football Club. “It’s a wonderful time to be part of this team. Last season was so special and Wes was fantastic. Now we have another huge season ahead of us and we need him.” 1last_img read more

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first_imgBELL CANYON – Scott Ewing was set to open escrow Friday on his $1.7 million home when the buyers learned that researchers had detected higher cancer rates among people living within two miles of the Santa Susana Field Laboratory. With the gated community of Bell Canyon just down the hill from the Rocketdyne plant, the buyers pulled out. “We’re bummed,” said Ewing, who recently bought a home in Simi Valley. “Now we have to prove or disprove what’s in this study. The pool of people who are willing to buy in the area has diminished somewhat. And we have to disclose this study. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card “We’re carrying two mortgages right now and we would have loved to have sold this house to these people.” The two studies released Thursday – one by UCLA and another by the University of Michigan – could temporarily depress home prices in the bucolic hills and canyons along the Los Angeles-Ventura county line, real estate agents said Friday. But Tom Carnahan doesn’t expect there to be a lasting effect. “There are very few things the consumer carries on for the long term,” said Carnahan, past president of the Southland Regional Association of Realtors. Though not conclusive, the studies fueled the decades-long controversy surrounding the former nuclear research and rocket engine testing facility. The lab’s soil is heavily contaminated by metals and chemicals, researchers said, and groundwater has been found to have high levels of radiation and the carcinogen TCE. Previous studies found higher rates of bladder and lung cancers among Rocketdyne workers. “I wish that I could do away with all that uncertainty and give you clear answers but I can’t,” Hal Morgenstern, author of the Michigan study, told residents at a community meeting Thursday night. “Would I consider moving here now? I’m not sure. Telling people where they should live and where they shouldn’t live, I can’t do that.” Homeowners are required by law to disclose hazards to interested buyers and area realty offices already include the Rocketdyne site on disclosure forms. “Most people look at that and say, ‘It’s been there forever. I know it. I grew up here.’ And they don’t seem awfully fazed by it,” said Leah Theune, past president of the Simi Valley/Moorpark Association of Realtors. Before Jill Lynch, her husband and three kids bought a mansion in Woolsey Canyon, they had the soil tested and ensured that they wouldn’t have to rely on potentially contaminated well water. “After we did all the studies and came back squeaky clean, we weren’t worried,” said Lynch, who moved from New Jersey six months ago. Of the 28 homes listed for sale Friday in Bell Canyon, only one is listed for less than $1 million. Lori Siegel, who is showing a $2.4 million estate there, said the proximity of the Rocketdyne facility is as much a factor in buying a house as the quality of schools or the incidence of crime in an area. “If someone has a concern, they can do a soil test,” Siegel said. “That should be done, depending on how close they are to the Santa Susana Field Lab. But, that being said, this is something that affects the whole West Valley.” Brad A. Greenberg, (818) 713-3634 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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first_imgTHURSDAY: Moderate hike, 8 a.m., Topanga State Park, Los Angeles. Park is located eight miles south of Ventura Freeway (101) on Topanga Canyon Boulevard. Turn left on Entrada Road. Parking fee. Call (310) 455-2465. Easy-paced hike, 10 a.m., Cold Creek Preserve. Ventura Freeway (101) to Topanga Canyon Boulevard south to Mulholland Drive. Turn west (right) quarter mile to Mulholland Highway, turn left. Five miles to Stunt Road. One-day sign-ups for Baddest Man in Los Angeles Boxing tournament, 3-8 p.m., Hollywood Ramada, 1160 N. Vermont Ave., Los Angeles. Registration fee included. No boxing experience necessary. Call (484) 318-6133. Campfire singing and stories, 6-8 p.m., Temescal Gateway Park, 15601 Sunset Blvd., Pacific Palisades. Bring blanket or jacket. Meet at the campfire center by the dining hall. Parking fee. Call (310) 454-1395, Ext. 106. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88 Granada Hills North Neighborhood Council will sponsor a seven-week readiness training program, CERT (Community Emergency Response Team), each Thursday, 6:30-9 p.m., Van Gogh Elementary School Auditorium, 17160 Van Gogh St., Granada Hills. Free. Dress casual. Call (818) 360-2142. Mail Datebook entries – including time, date, location and a phone number – to Daily News City Desk, P.O. Box 4200, Woodland Hills, CA 91365; fax (818) 713-0058; e-mail 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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first_imgHOUSTON – Rusty Yates remarried Saturday in the church where the funeral for his five children was held and less than two days before his ex- wife’s murder retrial was to begin. Yates married Laura Arnold, 41, during a private ceremony attended by 100 people at Clear Lake Church of Christ, where they met. The church minister said Yates chose to move on with his life while resisting temptation to pity himself or seek revenge on people who may have wronged him. “It is easy to judge the actions of another, as though we know all the intricate details of their life story. Jesus has warned us against such judgments,” minister Byron Fike said in his prepared statement. He took no questions. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88 Yates divorced Andrea Yates in March 2005, three years after she was sentenced to life in prison on two murder convictions for drowning her children in a bathtub. An appeals court overturned those convictions based on mistaken testimony by a psychiatrist. Psychiatrists in her original trial testified Andrea Yates suffered from schizophrenia and postpartum depression, but disagreed over the severity of her illnesses and whether she knew her actions were wrong. She is again pleading insanity at her retrial. A request to delay the trial until summer is due to be heard before the trial starts Monday. Rusty Yates returned home from work in June 2001 to learn his wife had drowned their five children. Noah, John, Paul, Luke and Mary, ages 7 years to 6 months, were found laid out on a bed or in the bathtub. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88 The fair will offer information sessions on cardiopulmonary resuscitation, first aid, how to turn off gas lines and the importance of a family communication plan. There will also be a children’s educational area to stress the importance of earthquake preparedness. Admission is free. All residents are welcome. For questions or more information, contact Public Safety Officer Shelli Henson at (661) 267-5170. PALMDALE – How-to information, educational presentations, suggestions and supplies will be offered at an earthquake preparedness fair hosted by the city’s public safety office. The event will be 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Poncitlan Square, on 9th Street East, south of Palmdale Boulevard. “Most people don’t realize that if they’re properly prepared for an earthquake, they are prepared for most natural disasters,” said Anne Ambrose, public safety manager. “Being prepared is very important for Palmdale residents since the city sits on the San Andreas Fault line.” Organizations that will participate include the American Red Cross, Palmdale Water District, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, the Palmdale Sheriff Station’s Search and Rescue team, Community Emergency Response Team trainers and Los Angeles County Fire Department. last_img read more

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